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Keep Your Eye on Amanda

Keep Your Eye on Amanda!

illus. by David Wis­niews­ki
Harper­Collins, 1996
out of print; look for this book at your favorite library or used bookstore

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What’s this book about?

The young rac­coon is going places—even if it’s in the wrong direc­tion. When Aman­da decides she wants to be a pro­fes­sion­al thief, it’s up to her broth­er, Phillip, to keep her from a life of crime. To do so, he’s going to need the help of every ani­mal in town and a run­away train, too!

Story Behind the Story

When I was a boy, liv­ing in New York City, my par­ents took The New York Times. I thought it was a very dull paper. It had no car­toons, not even polit­i­cal ones. Its rival, The New York Her­ald Tri­bune, not only had car­toons, but ran a dai­ly ser­i­al for kids by Thorn­ton W. Burgess. These ani­mal sto­ries were illus­trat­ed by Har­ri­son Cady. When I had the chance to read the Tri­bune, I always read these tales. It was a hap­py day for me when I learned they had also been pub­lished in book form, and I could buy them at a near­by used book­store for twen­ty five cents a volume.

The point is that seri­al­iza­tion made a big impres­sion on me 

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